DIY Printed Graphic Tee

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

There is no way you could have missed this new trend of graphic print animals on sweaters this season. Every retailer has their own version. I have seen deer, foxes, owls, cats, penguins... you name it, someone made one. This trend is one I have been watching from afar and I didn't know if I wanted to jump on the bandwagon or not.

Then, I had an epiphany the other night that I could simply create my own graphic printed tee! I must warn you, this is not the best DIY tutorial I have ever written... I kinda just winged it. I have pretty decent artistic skills so I free hand drew the image and then painted it. In hindsight, I would have made a few more adjustments to the process.... Let's see what I created...

So, let me recap what is in front of you. I started with the image of that adorable sweater from Forever 21. I then dug around in my pajama drawer for this old tee. Instead of a piece of cardboard, I used a paper bag from Trader Joe's. I just happened to have a bottle of black acrylic paint laying around too. If you're a crafter, like myself, you probably don't have to look far for any of these materials! Then, I free hand drew the cat face onto the tee.  *Suggestion* I should have printed out an image from the internet and traced it... probably would have come out a little straighter. On a positive note, it now has that one in a million feel.

Before I painted my image, I watered down the paint a little so it would make cleaner lines. Thick paint is hard to manipulate so by thinning it out, it's easier to work with. After I painted my image I let the shirt dry for over 24 hours, and then I tossed it into the washer and dryer on a delicate cycle. I washed it A) because I wanted the pencil marks gone and B) it helps the shirt look like it was screen printed instead of hand painted!

All in all, I was very pleased with the outcome. Like I said, I probably could have used a but more finesse in my execution, but I like to be reckless in crafting sometimes ;)

to see how I styled my DIY tee, click here!

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ThriftyGirl51 said...

Very cute and looks simple : )

Brittney D said...

This is so cute! I'll have to try it out!

Anonymous said...

I am definitely trying this one out. How cute! I wonder how it would look to do it on a sweat shirt??? Hmmmmmmmm...... my DIY juices are flowing!

Thanks for the inspiration!


Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

You are so crafty! I love the final result!

Amy said...

Great job! LOVE this free version :)

christine said...

Don't you love seeing something out on the racks or in the magazine, and you can say "hey, I can make that!".

Unknown said...

Love it !!!

Stacey said...

such a great idea, I can't wait to try this! New follower here :) x

Anonymous said...

Wow, that came out so well! You definitely draw very well. I'd have to trace for sure! <3


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Style To Envy said...

stopping by from rolled up pretty today so that's how you did the shirt from your last post...thanks for sharing


Mickime said...

I really love your ideas! You are so creative!
I´m your newest follower!

Melaina25 said...

I know it is simple but I could never do that in a million years! My free-hand drawing skills SUCK!
✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

Mrs Darling said...

I love all the animal prints and I especially love cats - this is so clever, I love it!

Analilia said...

Omg! This came out great! Maybe I'll try this out soon.

Following you via the TFT Blog Party.

The Key To Chic said...

I like the "reckless" technique too, it's so much more fun! Your final product looks amazing! It's so adorable, and makes me smile! Great work Tori!

Unknown said...

I use to paint so many things, like pillows. You should try it. I made so many pillows before for my place and then painted unique designs and every one always loved them!

This is pretty funny to read because I am wearing a shirt very similar to the pink one you used as inspiration! I got it from f21, it's a night shirt but I'm going to wear it out. It reminded me of my cats :P

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